07 Oct 2003, 12:01pm by Aaron Schatz
Week 5 team efficiency ratings are here, with a new top team: Minnesota. In this week's commentary, Aaron counters the conventional wisdom that Dallas has the league's top offense, explains why Carolina still isn't that good, questions the double-digit Tennessee line over Houston, and has some very bad news for Oakland fans. Plus, our first official rankings including adjustments for opponent quality, and strength of schedule numbers.
02 Oct 2003, 12:25pm by admin
Since Football Outsiders launched, we've compared players to the league average on a play-by-play basis. But what about the value of a player like Ricky Williams who runs near league-average but with amazing durability? Borrowing from baseball analysts, we introduce a stat that combines quality with quantity - and as an added bonus, we've translated it into actual points. Plus, the first 2003 player rankings and directional rushing stats.
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02 Oct 2003, 02:47am by Al & Ian
In this week's Scramble for the Ball, Ian and Al discuss the great Bucs-Colts matchup, the year's top five fantasy surprises, and bye weeks. Plus, Rush Limbaugh is a big fat ex-football commentator. Comment here on that column, or anything else related to this week's games, including your office pool and your fantasy start/bench decisions.
30 Sep 2003, 09:44am by Aaron Schatz
With the top two teams on bye, no movement on top of the chart, but there's plenty below. Carolina's performance begins to match their record, and so does Jacksonville's. And it's a happy day in St. Louis when Arizona comes to town. Aaron explains it all for the math-phobic, and gives a list of this year's top five QB games so far. Payton vs. New Orleans isn't number one?
29 Sep 2003, 01:20pm by Michael David Smith
Michael David Smith has some ideas on new stats that would provide insight on the NFL -- and wouldn't be too hard for the league to provide.
25 Sep 2003, 05:11am by Al & Ian
In this week's Scramble for the Ball, Ian and Al discuss the rash of injuries facing the NFL, from Marshall Faulk to Daunte Culpepper to everyone who has played for the Patriots defense since 1962. Plus, what are the best and worst undefeated teams in football? Comment here on that column, or anything else related to this week's games, including your office pool and your fantasy start/bench decisions. Somebody's got to feel this!
25 Sep 2003, 05:04am by Aaron Schatz
How many points should the offense expect to score, depending on their field position? The answers within, including discussion of The Most Important Thing We've Learned So Far (TM) and the dreaded question of "field goal or go for it?" Plus, graphs galore. Don't miss the Happy Turnover Smile-Time Hour!
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23 Sep 2003, 05:20am by Aaron Schatz
In today's Tuesday Morning Quarterback column on ESPN.com, Gregg Easterbrook introduces the Immutable Law of "Clang on First Bars Run on Second." Is he right? A look at the 2002 data says it ain't necessarily so.
23 Sep 2003, 03:27am by Aaron Schatz
Tampa Bay narrowly edges out Seattle for #1 as Aaron introduces a slightly reworked and more accurate VOA formula. Plus, what's the deal with Jacksonville?